A sworn shield or sworn sword is a knight or similar warrior who makes an oath to serve an individual without necessarily a long-term commitment, often as a bodyguard, soldier, or champion.
The Kingsguard are a specialized and most prestigious type of sworn shield, sworn to the King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men. However, an individual Kingsguard may be appointed the sworn shield of another member of the royal family, and a non-Kingsguard may also serve as the king's sworn shield.
Some sworn shields and swords
- Orys Baratheon, for Lord Aegon Targaryen
- Ser Gyles Morrigen, for King Jaehaerys I Targaryen
- Jonquil Darke, for Queen Alysanne Targaryen
- Ser Criston Cole, for Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, later Queen Alicent Hightower
- Ser Harwin Strong, for Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
- Ser Erryk Cargyll, for Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
- Ser Duncan the Tall, for Prince Aegon Targaryen
- Sandor Clegane, for Prince Joffrey Baratheon
- Ser Jorah Mormont, for Viserys Targaryen
- Ser Arys Oakheart, for Princess Myrcella Baratheon
- Ser Gascoyne of the Greenblood, for Prince Trystane Martell
- Ser Osney Kettleblack, for King Tommen I Baratheon
- Ser Gerris Drinkwater and Ser Archibald Yronwood, for Prince Quentyn Martell
- Ser Daemon Sand, for Princess Arianne Martell
A hedge knight could ride bare naked if he chose; he had no one to shame but himself. It was different when your sword was sworn. When you accept a lord's meat and mead, all you do reflects on him, Ser Arlan used to say. Always do more than he expects of you, never less. Never flinch at any task or hardship. And above all, never shame the lord you serve.—thoughts of Duncan the Tall
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